Kudos! – July 27, 2012

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One Colorado mom will win a new wardrobe

California-based clothing company Belldini is hosting a contest where one mom, who was affected by the Waldo Canyon fire, will receive an entire new fall wardrobe. Contestants need to write in and explain why they think someone they know deserves to get a wardrobe makeover for fall. The sweepstakes ends on Sept. 1, and the winner will be announced Sept. 7. For details, visit, www.belldini.com.

Battle the Blaze Fund started for fire relief

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb opened the Battle the Blaze Fund to support the many local fire, police and other various departments that provided aid to the Colorado Springs and Woodland Park communities during the Waldo Canyon fire. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will go directly to local departments. Find the fund at www.PPIHC.com

Academy Grad goes to 2012 Summer Olympics

A 2003 Air Force Academy graduate is one of two Air Force officers qualified for primary and alternate positions on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2012 summer games in London July 27.

Capt. Seth Kelsey, 310th Force Support Squadron supply officer from Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., is competing in individual men’s epee fencing. Kelsey is a member of the Academy’s class of 2003.

Joining Kelsey at the Olympics is another fellow airman, Capt. Justin Dumais, 157th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. Dumais is an alternate competitor in the men’s three-meter synchronized diving event.

Kelsey and Dumais are a part of the Air Force World Class Athlete Program that is a two-year program providing regular Air Force, National Guard and Reserve Air Force personnel the opportunity to train and compete at national and international sports competitions with the ultimate goal of selection to the United States Olympic team. The WCAP targets athletes who achieve world class status in their sport.

Northwestern Mutual supports Waldo Canyon fire relief

Northwestern Mutual, through its foundation, announced a two-year commitment to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Responder Program, which funds immediate response and long-term recovery efforts following major disasters. The foundation will give $500,000 over two years and can be immediately dispersed to assist with disaster relief efforts throughout the country.

Northwestern Mutual also has activated a micro site to enable its 5,000 employees and 16,000 field force members to pledge personal donations to support those affected by the wildfires in Colorado, including some Northwestern Mutual clients and financial representatives living in the Colorado Springs area.

Springs Rescue Mission received $50,000 from Mary K. Chapman Foundation

Springs Rescue Mission will use a $50,000 grant from The Mary K. Chapman Foundation to support the expansion of its Life Recovery Center, which houses its New Life addiction recovery program for adult men.

A philanthropic organization based in Oklahoma, The Mary K. Chapman Foundation opened its branch office in Colorado Springs in 2011. This is the first time it has partnered with the mission.

“What a wonderfully generous gift from our new friends at The Chapman Foundation,” said Rev. Joe Vazquez, Springs Rescue Mission CEO. “This contribution will help the mission as we expand our Life Recovery Center to double its present capacity, providing additional opportunities for meaningful and lasting change in the lives of those men who will now be able to enter the program.”

Garden of the Gods Club named America’s Top 100 Spas, two years running

spAWARDS.com named The Spa & Salon at Garden of the Gods Club as among America’s Top 100 Spas of 2012. The Spa & Salon at Garden of the Gods Club is the only spa in Colorado Springs to receive the designation.

“Winning a spAWARD is a remarkable achievement in this industry,” said Roger Sholanki, CEO of spa software company Book4Time. “It shows you are a trusted brand with an innovative approach to business.”